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Giuseppe Sinopoli
Giuseppe Sinopoli
(Italian pronunciation: [dʒuˈzɛppe siˈnɔːpoli]; 2 November 1946 – 20 April 2001) was an Italian conductor and composer.


1 Biography 2 Career 3 Death and legacy 4 Giuseppe Sinopoli
Giuseppe Sinopoli
Festival 5 References 6 External links

6.1 Interviews

Biography[edit] Sinopoli was born in Venice, Italy, and later studied at the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory in Venice
under Ernesto Rubin de Cervin and at Darmstadt, including being mentored in composition with Karlheinz Stockhausen. He also obtained a degree in medicine from the University of Padua, and completed a dissertation on criminal anthropology.[1] Career[edit] Sinopoli began to make a name for himself as a composer of serial works, becoming professor of contemporary and electronic music at the Venice
Conservatoire Benedetto Marcello in 1972, and a major proponent of the new movement in Venice
for contemporary music. He studied conducting at the Vienna Academy of Music under Hans Swarowsky; and in Venice, founded the Bruno Maderna
Bruno Maderna
Ensemble in the 1970s. His single most famous composition is perhaps his opera Lou Salomé, which received its first production in Munich in 1981, with Karan Armstrong in the title role.[2] Sinopoli was appointed principal conductor of the Philharmonia
in 1984, and served in this position until 1994, making a number of recordings with them, including music by Elgar and the complete symphonies of Mahler.[3] Sinopoli was supposed to take over the position of chief conductor at Deutsche Oper Berlin
Deutsche Oper Berlin
in 1990. However, even before the start of his term he receded from his contract. He became principal conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden
Staatskapelle Dresden
in 1992. He also joined the Bayreuth Festival's roster of conductors. He is best known for his intense and sometimes controversial interpretations of opera, especially works by Italian composers and Richard Strauss. Sinopoli specialized in late-nineteenth century and early-twentieth century music, from Wagner and Verdi to Strauss, Mahler and the Second Viennese School. His conducting was the object of much controversy, especially in the symphonic genre, with some berating the "eccentricity" of his interpretations, while others praised the insightfulness of his often intellectual approach to works. Death and legacy[edit] On 20 April 2001, Sinopoli died of a heart attack at the age of 54 while conducting Giuseppe Verdi's Aida
at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. The performance was supposed to serve as a reconciliatory appearance and dedicated to the memory of the company's late chief director, Götz Friedrich. Two nights later, Marcello Viotti stepped in to direct Aida, and dedicated his performance to Sinopoli's memory. The funeral in Rome on 23 April was attended by the Italian President and Prime Minister, as well as a large contingent from La Scala. He was survived by his wife Silvia and two sons. His books include Masterpieces of Greek Ceramics from the Sinopoli Collection. He died two days before receiving his Laurea in Archeology at Università La Sapienza in Rome. Sinopoli's last recordings included Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos and Friedenstag, as well as Dvořák's Stabat Mater.[4] Giuseppe Sinopoli
Giuseppe Sinopoli
Festival[edit] Every October since 2005, Taormina Arte has dedicated a festival to Giuseppe Sinopoli, the artistic director of the Music section of the Taormina Festival from 1989 to 1997. The Giuseppe Sinopoli
Giuseppe Sinopoli
Festival celebrates the man not only as a musician and as a conductor but also as a composer, a doctor, an archaeologist and intellectual, with a variety of events from music and literature, theatre and art to conferences, exhibitions, publications and concerts. Every year the Festival welcomes important orchestras to Italy. On the occasion of the first edition of the Giuseppe Sinopoli
Giuseppe Sinopoli
Festival the Sinopoli Chamber Orchestra was formed, in collaboration with the Conservatorio “Arcangelo Corelli” of Messina. The Orchestra, made up of young talented musicians, both pupils and teachers of the Conservatorio, mostly performs works by Giuseppe Sinopoli. References[edit]

^ David Nice (23 April 2001). "Obituary: Giuseppe Sinopoli". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2007-07-15.  ^ "Stick to your guns". The Guardian. 24 August 2001. Archived from the original on 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2007-07-15.  ^ Andrew Clements (21 December 2001). "Handle with care". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2007-07-15.  ^ Tim Ashley (30 November 2001). "Radical visions". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2007-07-15. 

External links[edit]

Giuseppe Sinopoli
Giuseppe Sinopoli
at AllMusic Giuseppe Sinopoli
Giuseppe Sinopoli
Festival official website


Giuseppe Sinopoli
Giuseppe Sinopoli
interview by Bruce Duffie

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Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Music Directors

Bernardino Molinari
Bernardino Molinari
(1912–44) Franco Ferrara (1944–45) Fernando Previtali
Fernando Previtali
(1953–73) Igor Markevitch
Igor Markevitch
(1973–75) Thomas Schippers (1976) Giuseppe Sinopoli
Giuseppe Sinopoli
(1983–87) Uto Ughi
Uto Ughi
(1987–92) Daniele Gatti
Daniele Gatti
(1992–97) Myung-whun Chung (1997–2005) Antonio Pappano
Antonio Pappano

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Principal Conductors

Otto Klemperer
Otto Klemperer
(1959) Riccardo Muti
Riccardo Muti
(1973) Giuseppe Sinopoli
Giuseppe Sinopoli
(1984) Christoph von Dohnányi (1997) Esa-Pekka Salonen
Esa-Pekka Salonen

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Principal Conductors of the Staatskapelle Dresden

Julius Rietz
Julius Rietz
(1874) Franz Wüllner
Franz Wüllner
(1877) Ernst von Schuch
Ernst von Schuch
(1884) Fritz Reiner
Fritz Reiner
(1914) Fritz Busch
Fritz Busch
(1922) Karl Böhm
Karl Böhm
(1934) Karl Elmendorff
Karl Elmendorff
(1943) Joseph Keilberth
Joseph Keilberth
(1945) Rudolf Kempe
Rudolf Kempe
(1949) Franz Konwitschny
Franz Konwitschny
(1953) Lovro von Matačić
Lovro von Matačić
(1956) Otmar Suitner
Otmar Suitner
(1960) Kurt Sanderling
Kurt Sanderling
(1964) Martin Turnovský (1966) Herbert Blomstedt
Herbert Blomstedt
(1975) Hans Vonk (1985) Giuseppe Sinopoli
Giuseppe Sinopoli
(1992) Bernard Haitink
Bernard Haitink
(2002) Fabio Luisi
Fabio Luisi
(2007) Christian Thielemann
Christian Thielemann

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 37103455 LCCN: n82149134 ISNI: 0000 0001 0888 6588 GND: 119483343 SELIBR: 213370 SUDOC: 078060230 BNF: cb13899822h (data) MusicBrainz: f5be1a35-2584-4659-90ab-c42b8b4a8d84 ICCU: ITICCURAVV19959 BNE: XX1289